January 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm (Publications)
Tags: affective neuroscience, embodied cognition, embodiment, enactivism, extended cognition, phenomenology
My review of Giovanna Colombetti’s book The Feeling Body has been accepted for publication in New Ideas in Psychology. Title and abstract are as follows:
Beyond neurophenomenology: A review of Colombetti’s The Feeling Body
I review The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind by Giovanna Colombetti (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2014, 288 pages, $40.00 hardcover). In this book Colombetti draws on the enactive theory of organismic embodiment and its key concept of sense-making in order to critically evaluate various aspects of mainstream affective science, including basic emotions and alternative constructionist approaches, as well as the cognitivist approach to emotion and appraisal theory. She defends and develops a dynamical systems approach to emotions and emphasizes the need for including more first-person methods of consciousness science in mainstream affective neuroscience. These are valuable contributions to affective science, and they also advance enactive theory. Colombetti’s proposal goes further than standard neurophenomenology in that she appeals to the bodily basis of feeling, thereby requiring a new sort of neuro-physio-phenomenology. Even more radically, she allows that all living beings are essentially affective beings, even those without a nervous system, and that emotional forms could be co-constituted by more than one person.
November 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm (Publications)
This week was the official release of “Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-Making: Making Sense of Non-Sense”, which I co-edited with Max Cappuccio. Our general proposal is that the route from basic adaptive behavior to higher-level abstract cognition cannot be taken without addressing the way in which humans are able to appreciate and deal with non-sense as such.
Through the interdisciplinary contributions of the authors we are able to trace the role of non-sense in a wide variety of domains, including the psychology and philosophy of perception, psychiatry, immunology, physics, gender studies, anthropology, phenomenology, primatology, and so forth.
The book can be purchased directly from the publishers, Palgrave Macmillan. Digital versions are also available from their website. Individual chapters can be accessed via Palgrave Connect. It is also available from the usual distributers, such as Amazon.
November 26, 2014 at 11:38 am (Presentations)
This week there is a conference on “El Error Maquínico: Encuentro Internacional de Robótica Artística” at the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City.
I have been invited to participate in a discussion panel on the topic of “La belleza del código”, which will take place tomorrow between 12:00 and 14:00. I will talk about instability and creativity.
November 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm (Presentations)
I was invited to give a talk at the conference “Ciencia-Ficción-Ciencia v2.0: Ciencia del Futuro, Futuro en la Ficción” as part of the round table on “Transformed Bodies”, which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday the 5th of Nov., at 11:30 in the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of UNAM.
The title of my talk is “Technological transformations of the mind-body problem”, in which I will discuss my theoretical and experimental work with enactive interfaces.
October 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm (Publications)
Tags: artificial life, autonomous robotics, computational biology, evolutionary robotics, history of science, philosophy of biology, synthetic biology
As part of the inauguration of the new section on “Computational Intelligence” of Frontiers in Robotics and AI we wrote this introduction to the field of artificial life.
The past, present, and future of artificial life
Wendy Aguilar, Guillermo Santamaría-Bonfil, Tom Froese and Carlos Gershenson
For millennia people have wondered what makes the living different from the non-living. Beginning in the mid-1980s, artificial life has studied living systems using a synthetic approach: build life in order to understand it better, be it by means of software, hardware, or wetware. This review provides a summary of the advances that led to the development of artificial life, its current research topics, and open problems and opportunities. We classify artificial life research into 14 themes: origins of life, autonomy, self-organization, adaptation (including evolution, development, and learning), ecology, artificial societies, behavior, computational biology, artificial chemistries, information, living technology, art, and philosophy. Being interdisciplinary, artificial life seems to be losing its boundaries and merging with other fields.